By Stephanie Ciccarelli
January 4, 2011
Have you ever thought about just how intricate some of your voice over work is?
Whether it's painting words, deliberate markings made in your script or the meticulousness of audio production, this work can be quite intense!
Find out more in today's VOX Daily.
Many professions require attention to detail and being thorough. Being a voice actor and audio engineer is definitely one of them!
I was just thinking about how much calculation and precision is involved in the various aspects of voice acting and audio production. What you do as a professional voice over artist, let alone audio producer, is so very intricate. Just as a spider spins a web designed for a very specific purpose, as voice artists you have to spin a story and provide a solid structure through the manipulation of your voice, time and wave forms.
When you think about it, the art of voice acting and producing is quite the balancing act, regardless of project length. Even productions that last mere seconds, like promo for instance, can pack a significant amount of nuance and deliberately executed choices. Here's a list I created featuring twelve skills required to do your job.
Know where you are going before you get there
Understand the copy
Commit to a choice when interpreting the copy
Set the stage for your read
Use physicality to enable or enhance your performance
Pace out the read
Identify where breathing is required (and where it isn't)
Paint or color your words
Build the arc of a phrase
Draw to a cadence effectively
Choose where one thought ends and another begins
What would you say has been the most intricate voice over job you have ever done? This could be intricate vocally, artistically or technically. If you'd like, comment with a few selections or add more skills to the list! It will be interesting to hear about your work and the complexities contained within them.
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